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EUH 4241 Week 3 Notes

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In-Class notes from 1/26-1/28
The Holocaust
Robert Gellately
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The Holocaust, European History, Florida State, EUH 4241




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Date Created: 02/01/16
Socialism (1/26)   Recap:  1) Legacy of Hitler’s First War  2) German Revolutions  (I) Legacy of War   ● Life changing experience for AH, he never got over it or the loss.   ● He was wounded September 1916, received Iron Cross award.   ● He was mildly blinded by poison gas attack, evacuated, treated, and  informed of the revolution.   ● Anti­Semitism grew during WWI, Jews accused as “shirkers” who have all  the “easy jobs” → untrue  (II) German Revolution  ● AH changed by war forever  ○ Stayed in the military; trained as a speaker to teach demobilizing  troops.   ○ Nov 9, 1919: Most important day in Hitler’s life  ● At first, revolution is non­violent.   ○ Kurt Eisner (a radical socialist), takes power in Bavaria → declares  it to be a republic.   ● Early 1919: 1st Communist attempt at revolution in Berlin → failed but  others follow.   ○ “Red Scare”  ● February 21: Eisner assassinated.   ● Captain Karl Mayr: instrumental in drawing Hitler into politics.   ○ AH impressed Mayr as a speaker  ● Anti­Semitism fueled by Eisner’s Revolution  Hitler’s Politics  ● No evidence of Hitler’s personal anti­semitism before 1919 → Army needs  to fight “Jewish Bolshevism”   ○ Letter to Gemlich → Hitler believes that “jews a race not a religion,”  wants “anti­semitism based on reason, not emotion,” and “some  kind of Aliens law”   ○ 1919 Final Goal: Removal; but does not mention “annihilation” or  “final solution” or “mass murder”   ● Hitler begins to turn toward the Right­Wing Parties → tasked to check on  them and begins to identify with them.   ○ Pan­German League  ○ Members include Rudolf Hess, Alfred Rosenberg, Deidrech Eckart  ○ DAP : German Worker’s Party   ● Threshold moment: his first public speech at DAP’s first public meeting  ○ Remembered of that day: “I can speak!” → electrified the audience.   ○ “fiery message”; few details of speech, but demanded unity against  the common enemy of the peoples and support for a German press  to expose what Jewish press was hiding.   ● November 13, 1919: speech against the Jews, especially their role in  German revolutions and Bavaria. Combined anti­semitism with  nationalism; claimed Munich Jewish community had food while German  workers were starving.   ● Joins DAP as #555 (numbers started at #551)   ● Dec 10: Openly blamed Jews for defeat → calls them “foreign race”   ● Early 1920, AH and Anton Drexler work on new party program  NSDAP  ● Combine Nationalism + Socialism; anti­Marxist  ● Feb 24, 1920: about 2000 members  ● 25 point program  ● DAP becomes NSDAP  ● National Socialist German Worker’s Party  ● Hitler “found himself” → leaves the Army  ○ looking for one, uniting big idea  “Big Idea”  ● Partly nationalist reaction to Germany’s loss in WWI  ● Reflection of socialistic impact of the war  ● Reaction to German Revolutions & Russian Revolution  ● AH does not need to convert anyone → most early Nazi leaders already had  Nazi views before there was a Party  ○ similar views already in the air  Joseph Goebbels (b. 1897)  ● Diary holds almost daily clues to his political awakening → pro­greater Germany,  anti­international, deeply anti­semitic (even though his girlfriend was Jewish),  “socialistic”   Alfred Rosenberg (b. 1893)  ● From Reval, part of the Russian Empire → hated what he saw in Moscow  ● 1918: Gave his first speech on “Marxism and Jewry”   ● became one of the foremost leaders of Nazi Party  Russian Emigres bring  ● atrocity stories and faked exposes of how the Jews conspired to rule the world  (Protocols of the Elders of Zio)  Heinrich Himmler (b. 1900)  ● became a nationalist during the war → war was over before he ever saw action.  ● Spring 1919: joins Franz Ritter von Epp to put down Soviet experiment in Munich  ● Became head of SS and all the concentration camps.   Other Notable NSDAP Members:  ● Gregor Strasser and Otto Strasser → brothers; more socialistically inclined than  Hitler  ● Ernst Rohm → starts the storm troopers  ● Hans Frank → becomes Hitler’s lawyer and eventual Minister of Justice  ● Rudolf Hess → Hitler’s deputy   Ideological Commonalities  ● Resurrecting Germany at all costs  ● Anti­Semitism  ● Reclaim lands given away in the Versailles Treaty of 1919  ● Conquer living space in Eastern Europe  ● Sought a “great man”; like Bismarck or Friedrich the Great  ○ Goebbels: June/July 1924: “the country years for the One, the Man, as the  earth longs for rain in summer”   Goebbels  ● Describes Hitler after reading one of his speeches: “an enthusiastic idealist” with  “complete devotion to the one great thing, the Fatherland, Germany”   ● Heard Hitler’s July 1925 Speech: makes him “cry like a baby,” AH has such  passion, just as Goebbels “wished him to be” → writes “half­plebian, half­god! Is  this really Christ of just John the Baptist?”   Hitler’s appeal  ● Psychological readiness for someone like Hitler already existed  ● Hitler had Charismatic Appeal     Charisma:​  a gift of grace; a leader has it when followers recognize that the leader is  “sent from above” (Max Weber)   Charismatic Appeal:​  a very affective and emotional bond between a leader and his  followers; leader retains hold on followers by proving his powers in practice.    The Key  ● A leader must articulate a ​ mission and specify:   ○ “what is wrong with our world?”   ○ “what is to be done about it?”   ● Prove it or lose it  Hitler’s Mission  ● Build a community of the people (Volksgemeinschaft)  ● Community shall be  ○ Racially Pure  ○ Germans only (only persons of German blood)  ○ Conflict free, “above” social classes, socialistic   ● Hitler used theatrical and operatic tricks, rehearsed → studied stage design  AH & Anti­Semitism  ● Radicalized fast: August 1920 → “root out the bacterium in order to restore the  body’s natural defenses” said “Germanification of the Jews impossible”     Nazi Rise to Power (1/28)  1) Emergence of Nazi Party  2) Hitler’s Coup and ​Mein Kampf   3) Rise of Nazism  4) .    (I) Emergence of Nazi Party  Hitler’s Anti­Semitism  → see above “Hitler’s Politics”   Capstones  ● Pure German blood  ● Anti­semitism  ○ No Jew can be German  ● Anti­Immigration  ○ Any future immigration of non­Germans is to be prevented  ○ Anyone who is non­citizen is a guest and must be subject to legislation for  Aliens  ● Censorship  ○ Newspapers which violate the public opinion shall be banned  ● Strong state  Germany’s Economic Collapse 1923  ● Versailles treaty (article 231) & reparations  ● No German Chancellor would pay  ● Jan 1923: France and Belgium invade Germany   German Inflation    (II) Hitler’s Coup and Mein Kampf  Hitler Became:  ● Strong enough to “copy”   ● Benito Mussolini (Rome, October 22­29, 1922) → small band “marched on  Rome” and took power.   ● Nov. 8: AH’s speech in Beer Hall; “First take Munich, then on to Berlin”  ● Nov. 9: Nazi’s march to Munich, and German police shoot back  Failed Putsch (Coup d'etat)  ● about 20 killed  ● Nazi Party banned → used trial as political stage  ● Hitler is given 5 years for high treason, out in less than one for good behavior.   ○ treated like a king in jail  ○ Nazi’s convert all the persons in the jail as well as the man in charge of  the jail into their party  Re­founding the Party, 1925  ● Hitler looks for a legal route to power while in jail  ○ Writes ​ Mein Kampf  ■ 1924­25, published 2 volumes, 1925 and 1926  ■ Not sure who ​ really wrote it, if Hitler or someone else.  ● AH released December 20, 1924 after only 9 months → big mistake on  Germany’s part…  ○ No one read ​ Mein Kampf  ○ Copyright just expired at end of 2015 → too powerful to release?  “Mein Kampf”  ● Exaggerated autobiography; about why he’s the “chosen one”   ● Outlines AH’s mission to save Germany  ○ Create an authoritarian dictatorship  ■ Backed by the people  (III) The Rise of Nazism   → see “Charisma” + “The Key” above  1926: Inner­Party Conflict  ● More socialist inclined (J. Goebbels + Strasser brothers) vs. Hitler  ● Resolved (but not by Hitler’s personal magnetism)   ○ Why/How?: Goebbels Diary  ■ Hitler’s Economic ideal: mixed collectivism and individualism  ■ Soil: above and below belongs to the people  ■ Production: creative, individualistic; factories, trusts, manufacturing,  communications, etc, to be socialized.   The Great Depression  ● No Great Depression? Probably no Hitler.   ● Economic crash 6 years after Inflation  ● Nazi Party rises fast  Hitler’s Socialism  ● “The age of individualism is over” “societies of the future will be societies of the  people”  ● People understand/cope with only so much  ○ Dare not reveal everything at once  Anti­Semitism in late Weimar  ● Very important to Hitler, and important to the Nazi Party/SA/SS  ● Local voter opinion variations → pushed every way possible  What do Voters Buy?  ● What are they responding to? → will they support NSDAP in spite of  anti­semitism? Or because of it?   ● 1930 election, as example → posters/propaganda  President Paul von Hindenburg (1847 ­ 1934)  ● “Hero” of WWI  ● Elected 2nd President of Weimar Republic in 1925  ● Up for reelection in 1932  Presidential Election of 1932  ● Paul von Hindenburg (49.6%)  ● Adolf Hitler (30%)  ● Ernst Thalmann (13.2%) → leader of communist party  ● Round 2:  ○ Hindenburg (53%)  ○ Hitler (36.8%)  The “Catch­All” Party  ● The following vote for Nazi party, as they have no party of their own/with their  specific interests  ○ Religion/region = Protestant/Rural  ○ Class = fewer workers  ○ More middle class, lower middle class  ○ Traditional Anti­semitic areas   Party Financing  ● Cliche: capitalists “bought” Hitler  ● self­financing  ○ Also key to election activity/success → cash­on­the­barrel­head approach  ○ “You’ll appreciate it more if YOU pay for it”  ○ local autonomy, with speakers and guidelines from Munich  ■ all speakers must be Nazi trained speakers, locals can choose who  speaks and what they speak on → but locals must pay for it   


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